Chinese national figure skating team finalized ahead of Beijing 2022
Published: Jan 17, 2022 09:23 PM
Zhu Yi Photo: VCG

Zhu Yi Photo: VCG

The members of the Chinese national figure skating team were finalized on Monday after a month of tryouts in Beijing and include naturalized skater Zhu Yi (women's singles) and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympian Jin Boyang (men's singles).

A total of five tryouts were held from December 16, 2021 to Saturday.

Ice dancing duo Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu have sealed their berths along with pair skating duos Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, and Peng Cheng and Jin Yang. The Winter Sports Management Center of the General Administration of Sport announced in early December that they would be included in the Olympic squad due to their outstanding performances in the Olympic cycle.

Zhu, 19, was born in Los Angeles. The figure skater won the women's title in the novice division at the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships in San Jose before she was ­naturalized as a Chinese citizen the following year.

Zhu's father, Zhu Chunsong, is a ­world-renowned computer vision expert, statistical and applied mathematician, and artificial intelligence expert. In 2002, he ­began teaching at the University of ­California, Los Angeles. He recently has returned to China to be the dean of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence of Peking University.

Widely popular finalist Jin is currently the highest-ranked Chinese skater in the world ranking, at 18th. 

He finished fourth in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, the highest place for a Chinese male figure skater at the Winter Olympics. 

In addition, Jin is also a two-time bronze medal winner at the world championships in 2016 and 2017.

While Jin is seen as a potential medalist at the upcoming Games, he has had some ups and downs recently. 

"I wasn't injured, I just was not in the right state today," Jin told media after a performance that received a disappointing result at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm in March 2021.